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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What a great book for me to have stumbled upon and finished on the first day of my birthday month.

Big Magic didn’t necessarily teach me anything new, but it did provide a lot of confirmations. It felt like a dialogue, as if Elizabeth Gilbert and I were deliberately debating about certain perspectives. I suppose that is what makes for an interesting read: one that you can agree and disagree with, but still come out much evolved. Although the context of Big Magic most definitely touched me, I took the moments of disagreement just as personal. There were times in which I felt that she was no longer speaking to the creatives in my community — people who have certain circumstances that keep them from doing what they love. This is something I will write further on later… But, for now, allow me to conclude with this thought: THIS BOOK IS GOOD!

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The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements is a combination of my two favorite books: The Alchemist and Outwitting the Devil. Don Miguel Ruiz explains how confused we truly are: there is no hell after life, we are living in hell right now. The teachings that he narrows down on are very broad for everyday living and will, without a doubt, provide a more free-living mind, body and soul. Because, according to Ruiz, we can create our heaven on earth. And, after all, isn’t that the point?

The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

51syh6ymadl1Trust me: a necessity!

Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

Buddha's BrainIf you have a brain, you should read this.

Although it is titled Buddha’s Brain, it is more scientific than religious but it references the teachings of Buddha because they practice meditation. This book is a great tool to be used in every situation. It is important for us as human beings to know exactly how we function. Otherwise, how will we be able to overcome if we do not fully understand?

It helped me put things into perspective: why do I react a certain way to certain things and people; why do I feel sad randomly sometimes; why do I feel happy; angry. It will help you in learning about yourself and realizing that after all, we are simply just a brain that needs training.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

sheryl_centeredLean In starts off well and with a lot of information that will, most definitely, make you re-evaluate yourself as a woman and how you make decisions in the workplace. There were a lot of things that she mentioned that I was able to soak in and admit that it was, after all, very good advice. For example, she mentions that during the same years that our careers demand maximum time investment, our biology (as women) demand we have children. And how most women begin making room for a family that has yet to exist and that, ultimately, allows them (us) to miss out on certain opportunities. After being in my relationship for five years, I am now battling with internal conflicts about children–so you could only imagine how this rang for me! I am constantly weighing the pros and cons about whether I should have some now or wait (I always convince myself to wait).

But as I continued to read, I started to feel as if she was no longer speaking to me (or any woman like me). All of her accomplishments have come from who she knows and she had no problem throughout the book stating how financially able and fortunate her and her husband are. It isn’t a bad book, it’s just OK.

It did, however, provide a lot of insight on how women should take more initiative and ‘lean in.’ That message, I have to say, was executed well.

Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill

We are living in a time when people are encouraging the idea of being more open minded. States are agreeing to legalize marijuana, same sex marriage isn’t taboo and we are entering into the zone of transgender equality. We even have 2 states that may have a transgender legislator.

This book was blacklisted since 1938 until 2011 because during the time the writer initially wanted to release it, the world simply wasn’t ready!!

But we are ready now and it can provide you with so much insight and will make you reevaluate the way you hold yourself back. Although The Alchemist will unleash a part of you that you never thought you could know,Outwitting the Devil takes it a step further and will teach you how to fight.

Every human being NEEDS to read this!! Who wouldn’t want to beat the bad guy??

Some Quotes from Outwitting the Devil:

“You are entitled to know that two entities occupy your body. One of these entities is motivated by and responds to the impulse of fear. The other is motivated by and responds to the impulse of faith. Will you be guided by faith or will you allow fear to overtake you?”

“Remember that your dominating thoughts attract, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful what your thoughts dwell upon.”

“The capacity to surmount failure without being discouraged is the chief asset of every person who attains outstanding success in any calling.”

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